The four central governments of the UK, with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council, asked SCIE to conduct a UK-wide consultation on how to increase social care research capacity. This consultation provides a picture of the views of people concerned about, or who have a stake in, the infrastructure for social care research and development. The report recommendations identify key issues in the consultation that need to be taken into account in strengthening research capacity and in coordinating developments across the UK.
Social care provision resources and services
The purpose of this report is to share ideas about self-advocacy for people with learning disabilities and those who are committed to supporting self-advocacy such as service providers, commissioners, parents and carers.
SCIE Research briefings
This knowledge review includes a review of research evidence on the outcomes valued by older people and the factors that facilitate and inhibit achieving these outcomes. It also contains a postal survey of localities and social services managers in England and Wales known to be interested in developing outcomes-focused approaches to older people's services; and in-depth studies in six localities.
This guide offers quick and easy access to practice knowledge about assessment, care planning and social work in adult placement services. It includes key research findings and ideas from practice, with reference to current Government policy and legislation; suggests how commissioners and care managers, and adult placement schemes, can improve outcomes for people who use adult placement; and provides links to further information."
This discussion paper attempts to describe the specific experiences of refugees and asylum seekers with social care needs. It also makes recommendations for services to meet refugees and asylum seekers' needs more effectively. The paper also highlights the difference between refugees and asylum seekers.
Are we there yet?: identifying the characteristics of social care organisations that successfully promote diversity
This discussion paper considers the characteristics of social care organisations that successfully promote diversity, and explores research on the barriers to promoting diversity and how they can be overcome.
Will community-based support services make direct payments a viable option for black and minority ethnic service users and carers?
This discussion paper explains the latest legislation on direct payments and how it is meant to work. It also looks at why black and minority ethnic service users and carers are unable to fully embrace direct payments. Finally, it poses a number of questions that address ways in which direct payments services can be effective for black and minority ethnic service users and carers.
The paper aims to identify what is happening in the social care sector with the involvement of carers and the impact participation has had on service improvement. It complements Position paper 3: Has service user involvement made a difference to social care services?
This guide offers quick and easy access to practice knowledge about involving children and young people in developing social care. It covers key research findings; ideas from practice; details of relevant legislation, guidance and standards; and links to further information.